Cesaro's Window to Become a Top Star is Quickly Closing

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2014

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Monday on Raw, Cesaro shared a segment with top heel Triple H and rising star Seth Rollins.

Unfortunately, this was nowhere near as promising as it sounds.

Despite unquestioned skills in the ring, Cesaro has been hamstrung by comparatively weak promos and lukewarm charisma. If characteristics of a top WWE superstar were to be translated to a word cloud, the words "charisma" and "promos" would be just as large, if not larger than, "wrestling."

In an effort to mask his perceived deficiencies in star power, Cesaro has spent the majority of his WWE career bouncing from manager to manager.

The King of Swing has had three managers in two years. After appeasing Triple H by disavowing himself from his most recent manager, Paul Heyman, he is now vying for his fourth form of representation since 2012. 

It's now safe to say that Paul Heyman, who is quickly gaining ground on Bobby Heenan as the greatest manager of all time, couldn't elevate Cesaro to main event status.

If that's not an indictment of a WWE Superstar, what is?

Judging by the list of wrestlers unable to make the most out of a stint with Heyman—a list that includes Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones and Heidenreich—Cesaro might be doomed.

Cesaro's attempt to court Triple H reeked of desperation, both in kayfabe and reality. In kayfabe, he was the heel with raw talent who realized he couldn't accomplish his goals on his own accord. In true heel fashion, he sought out The Authority as a quicker, easier way to the top of the WWE. 

Reality presents an almost identical premise. But instead of the Cesaro character realizing he needs help, this reality was narrated by WWE officials.

Cesaro is seen in the same mold as Jack Swagger, his tag team partner for much of 2013 while under the tutelage of sharp-tongued xenophobe Zeb Colter.

Like Swagger, he has an impressive physique and superior in-ring skills but cannot be trusted to connect with fans without assistance.

But with every new manager Cesaro aligns himself with, his momentum is stunted and he must start anew. One only has so many chances to reset before fans write them off as flaky.

The mere fact that Cesaro is so dependent on a manager is a bad sign for his outlook. When looking at the small nucleus of recent top WWE stars, from John Cena to Daniel Bryan to CM Punk, each had the ability to further WWE storylines by themselves through rousing monologues. A manager would only enhance an already complete character.

In Cesaro's case, a manager is needed to complete the character.

Brock Lesnar, a part-time star who allows Heyman to do his heavy lifting on microphone, is the exception that proves the rule. And given the fact he's a physical anomaly with unparalleled athletic accomplishments, it's not really fair to compare Lesnar to anybody.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc.com), Cesaro's latest push has reportedly been put on hold as WWE considers going in a different direction.

Having a push put on hold in WWE is the equivalent to the dreaded vote of confidence, which embattled NFL starting quarterbacks and head coaches receive from team owners before they lose their jobs.

Currently in purgatory, Cesaro is at risk of getting lost in the shuffle—especially if he can't talk his way out of it.